We're delighted to invite applications for a Clinical Study in the field of stroke, which will be jointly awarded by the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation.

Application focus

Applications must be directly related to stroke illness, and must have a vascular focus. Suitable examples include:

  • cerebral vascular imaging
  • stroke prevention - primary or secondary
  • therapies relating to vascular symptoms, for example:
    • antiplatelet therapies
    • thrombolysis
    • detection and treatment of cerebral haemorrhage
    • detection and treatment of cerebral aneurysm
    • detection and treatment of carotid artery or vertebral artery lesions
  • cerebral small vessel disease
  • stroke epidemiology.

Unfortunately, non-vascular focused applications (those focusing on rehabilitation or the consequences of stroke for example), non-angiogenic brain tissue regeneration or non-vascular neuroscience will not be considered.

Please also note that PhD studentships cannot be applied for on this grant.


The award is for up to five years.


Initially, outline applications will be reviewed by representatives from the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation. If shortlisted, full applications will go through an external and further internal peer-review process.

Deadline for outline applications

5pm, 15 January 2018


The award amount is a maximum of £1.5 million.


Awards are tenable only at Universities, NHS Trusts, Statutory Social Care Organisations or other Research Institutions within the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Due to the nature of the research applications we expect to receive in response to this call, applications involving animal experiments will not be considered.

Please also note that PhD studentships cannot be applied for on this grant and the salaries (whole or in part) of the Principal Investigator and other Senior Academic Researchers/Collaborators are not supported by these grants.

Note: if applicable, we must have a copy of your ethical approval before you can start the award.

Please contact the Research Team if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

We expect that all applicants will have involved people affected by stroke in the planning and development stages of their funding application, and will continue to do so should their application be successful. This involvement should be meaningful, and people affected by stroke should have a real opportunity to contribute to your research.

Find out more about how we can help you to involve people affected by stroke in your work.


Applications should be submitted in outline in the first instance. Outline applications must be submitted to the Stroke Association’s online award management system, using the form Joint SA/BHF Clinical Award Stage 1.

Key dates:

  • 15 January 2018 – outline application (Stage one) deadline
  • February 2018 – invitation for full application (Stage two)
  • 4 April 2018 – full application (Stage two) deadline
  • May 2018 – rebuttal
  • June 2018 – panel meeting
  • July/August 2018 – council of Trustees meetings take place and outcome letters are sent.

Full applications will not be accepted unless specifically invited.

If an application was unsuccessful in a previous round, the same application cannot be resubmitted unless specifically invited.

You can apply on our online award management system.

To begin an application, please create an account. If you have previously interacted with us then your email address may already be in the system. If this is the case, please click on ‘Login’ and ‘Forgot password?’. The system will then email you instructions to set yourself a password.

After you have logged in, please click on ‘Application Portal’ at the top of the page, then select which award you would like to start an application for from the 'Click here to start an application' search bar in the blue panel on this page.

Our online award management system should work on all major browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge, but we would not recommend using Internet Explorer below version 9.

If you have any issues with the system or have any feedback, please email us at research@stroke.org.uk or call 020 7566 1543.

Our adjudication panel

Members of our Research Awards Pool are chosen based on the expertise required on adjudication panels. To avoid conflicts of interest any RAP member applying for funding in any of our funding rounds will take no part in the adjudication of that round. All RAP members sign up to our RAP Code of Practice. All applications are sent out for external peer review and all reviewers sign our Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest Policy

Membership of the adjudication panel for our Joint Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation Clinical Study in Stroke 2017:

If you are a research expert and would like to register your interest in becoming a member of our Research Awards Pool please email us at research@stroke.org.uk

Success rates for Joint Stroke Association/ British Heart Foundation Clinical Study in Stroke

Details on the number of applications received and the number funded for this stream: